The North Carolina Coast

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  • 1. Battleship North Carolina

    Downtown | Military Sight

    Across the Cape Fear River from downtown, take a self-guided tour of a ship that participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific...Read More

  • 2. Bodie Island Light Station

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The original Bodie (pronounced "body") lighthouse was constructed in 1847 but had to be abandoned in 1859 because of structural issues; the...Read More

  • 3. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Authorized by Congress in 1794 to help prevent shipwrecks, this was the first lighthouse built in the region. The original structure was lost...Read More

  • 4. Cape Lookout Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This distinctive 1859 lighthouse's double walls allow the tower to rise as tall as required—169 feet—without making the building unstable. This...Read More

  • 5. Currituck Beach Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The 1875 lighthouse was built from nearly 1 million bricks, which remain unpainted on the exterior. Except in high winds or thunderstorms, or...Read More

  • 6. Fort Fisher State Historic Site

    Military Sight

    This is one of the South's largest and most important earthworks fortifications from the Civil War, so tough and strategically placed along...Read More

  • 7. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    Fort Raleigh is a restoration of the original 1584–90 earthworks that mark the beginning of English-colonial history in America. The site has...Read More

  • 8. Historic Corolla Village

    Town/Village

    What was once an aging, isolated beach town is now a vibrant year-round community where the tiny chapel schoolhouse again educates children...Read More

  • 9. Portsmouth Village

    Portsmouth Island | Ghost Town

    This coastal "ghost town" is like nowhere else on the southeastern Atlantic coast, and the few thousand people that make it here each year are...Read More

  • 10. Tryon Palace

    Castle/Palace

    This elegant reconstructed 1770 Georgian building was the colonial capitol and originally the home of Royal Governor William Tryon. Tours are...Read More

  • 11. Wright Brothers National Memorial

    Historic District/Site

    One of the most popular photo sites on the Outer Banks, 5 miles south of Kitty Hawk, is the 60-foot granite airplane's tail that stands as a...Read More

  • 12. Beaufort Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    In the center of town, the historic site consists of 10 buildings dating from 1732 to 1859, eight of which have been restored, including the...Read More

  • 13. Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola

    Store/Mall

    In honor of the soda's 100th anniversary in 1998, the local bottling company opened the Birthplace in the same corner store where teacher-turned...Read More

  • 14. British Cemetery

    Ocracoke Village | Cemetery

    On May 11, 1942, the HMS Bedfordshire, an armed British trawler on loan to the United States, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank with...Read More

  • 15. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site

    Ruins

    About 10 miles north of Southport, you can explore the ruins and excavations of a colonial town and see the Civil War earthworks of Fort Anderson...Read More

  • 16. Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

    Downtown | Historic Home

    The colonial Georgian-style house General Cornwallis used as his headquarters in 1781 was built in 1771 on the foundations of a jail. After...Read More

  • 17. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Trace the natural, cultural, and social history of the lower Cape Fear region from its beginnings in this, the oldest continuously operating...Read More

  • 18. Cape Lookout Beach

    Beach

    White sand beaches, blue-green waters, and a tall lighthouse mark this quiet beach at the southern tip of Cape Lookout National Seashore. A...Read More

  • 19. Carolina Beach

    Beach

    With ice cream cones, flashing arcade lights, seashell souvenirs, and paddleboats on the small inland lake, Carolina Beach's old-fashioned boardwalk...Read More

  • 20. Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

    Historic District/Site

    This restored lifesaving station is now a museum that tells the story of the brave people who manned 29 stations that once lined the Outer Banks...Read More

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